S1 E7 -Three Stroke Survivors Who Are Now Homies (Stromies)

S1 E7 -Three Stroke Survivors Who Are Now Homies (Stromies)

On this episode of The Heart Life we meet Sarah, Angie and Tamsen- Three women brought together by the most extraordinary of circumstances. Strokes brought them together – and now they’re homies. Stroke homies…STROMIES! Angie Jorgensen is a mom and certified fitness instructor. In 2012 she was in a coma, suffered a stroke and found out she had a rare…

S1 E6 -She Spent 3 Years Fighting For Her Life- Molly Hemphill’s Story

S1 E6 -She Spent 3 Years Fighting For Her Life- Molly Hemphill’s Story

At 25 years old Molly’s life changed overnight. Her heart was beating 180 beats per minute with no sign of slowing down when she got to the emergency room. That night her life changed forever. She spent years fighting for her life and ultimately her will to live proved to be stronger than heart disease. She developed a love for…

Interviews From the Heart- Molly Hemphill

Interviews From the Heart- Molly Hemphill

Name: Molly Hemphill Age: 32  City, State: Beaverton, Oregon What’s Your Heart Disease Survival Story At 25 years old, my life changed overnight. I was struggling to fall asleep, unsure why, when my heart began to pound faster and faster and faster. It was 180 beats per minute and not slowing down. As I wrapped my arms around my toddler son before…

S1 E5- Four Strokes and Two Brain Surgeries Later – Lisa Deck’s Story

Lisa Deck is a four time stroke survivor who is currently living with moyamoya disease. She has had two brain surgeries, she is  a fighter and  she uses her experience to educate and empower women about the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.  Learn more about Lisa’s story here

Interviews From the Heart- Lisa Deck’s Story

Interviews From the Heart- Lisa Deck’s Story

Name: Lisa Deck Age: 42 City, State: North Attleboro, MA (outside of Boston)   How old were you when you were diagnosed with heart disease/stroke?  I had my first stroke at age 21 followed by two strokes in the next three years.  It was one week before college graduation when I had my first stroke. I was shocked. At the…

S1E4 -Three heart procedures before the age of 10 -Helga’s Story

S1E4 -Three heart procedures before the age of 10 -Helga’s Story

Helga was born with an aortic heart valve stenosis. After the first femoral catheter they decided to do another femoral catheter intervention where they used a balloon catheter to expand her aortic valve. But the surgery failed and so she had a valve with a serious insufficiency. It became so bad that they decided to implant me a donor valve.…

S1E3 Supra Ventricular Tachycardia – Rebecca Smith-Casey’s Story

In 1993 when Rebecca was a sophomore in high school she was in the middle of field hockey summer sessions when she started having dizzy spells, tunnel vision, blackouts, and fainting. Her parents took her to her family doctor  who ordered a holter monitor, which showed an irregular heart beat and she was diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia, supra ventricular tachycardia…

S1E2 Heart Transplant at 15- Amanda’s Story

S1E2 Heart Transplant at 15- Amanda’s Story

Amanda Dejesus was born with Congenital Heart Disease. She had her first heart surgery at 14 days old, a pacemaker implanted when she was 13 and a heart transplant at 15 years old. She thought her ordeal was over but at age 22 her body started to reject her new heart. Luckily, Amanda survived….. read more 

S1E1-Heart Failure While Pregnant-Stacy’s Story

S1E1-Heart Failure While Pregnant-Stacy’s Story

I didnt know I had heart disease and it almost killed me while I was pregnant. This is my story of how it all unfolded and luckily for me I was in the right place at the right time when my heart almost gave out. My heart story is similar to a lot of women who find out they have…

Interviews From the Heart: Kelsie

Interviews From the Heart: Kelsie

Name: Kelsie Age: 25 City, State: San Diego, CA What’s your heart story? I was diagnosed at birth with L-transposition of the greater arteries, Ebstein Valve, Ventricular Septal Defect. I also developed Heart Block in my early twenties. Growing up I always knew I had a heart condition. However, it wasn’t till I was older that I learned more about my…